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Candidates Begin To Pull Papers In First Week To Run For Council, Local Elections:

The floodgates officially opened Monday with candidates officially allowed to pull papers for this year’s four local Santa Monica elections, which is highlighted by the City Council race that has three seats up for grabs. By the end of the first day, 11 candidates filed their respective nominations to run for council, with a twelfth person filing on July 15, and a thirteenth on July 17 (see full list below).

A few familiar names populated the first dozen filings, but one potential candidate was glaringly not on the list: incumbent Council member Bob Holbrook. While Holbrook has not yet announced whether or not he will return for an unprecedented seventh term on the dais, he is the only current member of the council who has yet to file nomination papers (both Pam O’Connor and Kevin McKeown filed Monday). However, Holbrook has until Aug. 8 to decide whether he will seek re-election.

If Holbrook does not file for reelection, then that deadline for candidates to nominate will be extended until end of business on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

If Holbrook does decide to seek another four-year term, it will be the first time since 2010 all council members up for election would seek to hold their respective seats. In 2012, both Bobby Shriver and Richard Bloom ended their respective tenures on the City Council, opening the door for Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer to be elected onto the dais.

Should Holbrook, who was first elected to the dais in 1990, not file nomination papers, this would be the second consecutive election featuring an open seat and a vacuum of candidates vying to at least fill that opening.

As of press time, the candidates seeking the votes of Santa Monica voters this November include two incumbents (Kevin McKeown and Pam O’Connor), nearly half the current Planning Commission (Sue Himmelrich, Jennifer Kennedy, and Richard McKinnon), a former mayor (Michael Feinstein), a Recreation & Parks Commission member (Phil Brock), and a handful of other familiar names and community members (Whitney Scott Bain, Frank Gruber, Ken Robin, and Jerry Rubin).

Feinstein was twice elected to the council before being ousted in the 2004 election. McKeown and O’Connor are the next two longest-serving council members behind Holbrook; McKeon was elected onto the council in 1998 while O’Connor joined the dais in 1994.

Other candidates might still be added to the list, but at least for the time being there are at least one dozen people running for three council seats in the Nov. 4 vote.

Beyond City Council, the nomination period is also open for three other City boards, including the four seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education (SMMUSD), three seats on the Rent Control Board, and four seats on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

There are already seven candidates in the SMMUSD race, where a new person will definitely fill one seat.

Nimish Patel announced a few weeks ago he is not seeking re-election, meaning he will not join Oscar de la Torre and Laurie Lieberman as incumbents this year.

In addition to de la Torre and Lieberman, also running for SMMUSD are Patrick Finer, Craig Foster, Melanie Luthern, Dhun May, Ralph Mechur, Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, and Jake Wachtel.

Four candidates have filed nomination papers for the Rent Control Board, including Steve Duron, Todd D. Flora, Nicole Phillis, and Patrick Regan.

Meanwhile, six candidates have filed nomination papers for the Santa Monica College Board: Dennis Frisch, Nancy Greenstein, Louise Jaffe, Maria L. Loya, Barry Snell, and Andrew Walzer.

Santa Monica City Clerk Sarah Gorman encouraged residents to visit the City’s election website – smvote.org – that includes names of people who have pulled papers and will be updated when they are certified.

Gorman said the City consolidates its election with the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office.

“That means that the county prints the ballots, handles the polling, and counts the ballots when they come in,” Gorman said. “Essentially my office gives everybody that wants to run locally the paperwork, makes sure the paperwork gets back, and makes sure they qualify. Once we have a listed of qualified candidates, we give that to the County Registrar’s office.”

Gorman said on Thursday, Aug. 14, the Secretary of State draws a random alphabet that’s used to set the order of the names on the ballot.

The Mirror will update who is seeking to run for each of the four Santa Monica races as more candidates file nomination papers between now and Aug. 8.

Potential Candidates List (as of July 18):

Potential Candidates List

City Council

Candidate Name Date Papers Pulled
Whitney Scott Bain July 14, 2014
Phil Brock July 14, 2014
Michael Alan Feinstein July 14, 2014
Frank Gruber July 14, 2014
Sue L. Himmelrich July 14, 2014
Jennifer Kennedy July 14, 2014
Kevin McKeown July 14, 2014
Richard McKinnon July 14, 2014
Pam O’Connor July 14, 2014
Ken Robin July 14, 2014
Jerry Rubin July 14, 2014
Nick Boles July 15, 2014
Jon Mann July 17, 2014

Rent Control Board

Candidate Name Date Papers Pulled
Steve Duron July 14, 2014
Todd D. Flora July 14, 2014
Nicole Phillis July 14, 2014
Patrick Regan July 14, 2014

School Board

Candidate Name Date Papers Pulled
Patrick Finer July 14, 2014
Craig Foster July 14, 2014
Laurie Lieberman July 14, 2014
Melanie Luthern July 14, 2014
Dhun May July 14, 2014
Ralph Mechur July 14, 2014
Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein July 14, 2014
Jake Wachtel July 14, 2014
Oscar de la Torre July 15, 2014

College Board

Candidate Name Date Papers Pulled
Dennis Frisch July 14, 2014
Nancy Greenstein July 14, 2014
Louise Jaffe July 14, 2014
Barry Snell July 14, 2014
Andrew Walzer July 14, 2014
Maria L. Loya July 15, 2014
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